Most of us remember to slather on the sunscreen when we are exposed to the sun, but what about our lips? Yes, your lips can get sunburned! Thankfully, the solution is easy: make a batch of this DIY all-natural lip balm with SPF.
Before you head out in the sun, do you cover your skin with sunscreen? What about your lips? Applying sunscreen meant for your skin directly to your lips doesn’t taste very good. Plus it dries out your lips and dulls the shine.
Instead, try this homemade sunscreen lip balm with SPF. It will protect your lips, make them kissably soft, and it’s made of all-natural ingredients!
Should Lip Balm Have SPF?
Most of the lip balm recipes I make have some sun protection inherently in the oils and wax. Most days of the year I am confident that my lips are protected just by using these. But in the hot summer months when the UV levels are through the roof, I bring out the big guns: this sunscreen lip balm recipe.
This recipe is made from a basic lip balm recipe with soft oils like wheat germ and jojoba as well as shea butter, each of which has SPF properties themselves.
Essential Oils in Sunscreen Lip Balm
It’s important to also note that there are ingredients that can cause the sun’s effects to be accelerated. Phototoxic essential oils typically run in the citrus family (lemon, lime, bitter orange, mandarin leaf, and grapefruit).
Sweet orange oil, however, is generally considered not phototoxic, which is why it is included in this lip balm with SPF. Vanilla essential oil is also included, and the result is a lovely creamsicle flavour.
How Much SPF is in This Lip Balm?
Making sunscreen or sun protection products at home is a solid way to add sun protection and one that I use for my fair, freckly (read: easily burned) skin.
Even so, I would not venture a guess as to what the SPF is of a homemade recipe. I can say that I have been using this recipe on my own lips for years and have not burned them once.
Plus, I can feel good about the ingredients that go into the recipe and on my skin. My general rule of thumb is to stay out of the sun when the UV is strongest and take the steps to protect my skin (and lips) as naturally as possible.
As with all home recipes, test a bit on your skin and see how you react. Those with sensitivities, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and for use on children should take caution and check with their health care professional.
Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe
This recipe makes six standard-sized tubes of lip balm with SPF. If you need more or less, you can adjust the recipe accordingly.
- 30 ml olive oil with calendula
- 15 ml jojoba oil
- 15 ml wheat germ oil
- 2.5 ml raspberry seed oil
- 30 ml grated beeswax
- 20 ml carnauba wax
- 5 ml shea butter
- 8 drops vanilla essential oil
- 6 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 3 drops carrot seed oil
- First, infuse olive oil with calendula by following these instructions.
- Measure all of the ingredients into a small double boiler or a Turkish coffee pot. I like to use the Turkish coffee pot because it has a pour spout. I can heat the oils up quickly and then pour them easily into the tubes.
- Once the oils, waxes, and butter have all melted together, turn off the heat and add in the essential oils. Stir well with a small spatula.
- When everything is thoroughly mixed, use the spout on the Turkish coffee pot to pour the lip balm into the tubes. Fill each tube to just above where the center screw is.
- Let the lip balm cool and then warm up the remaining mixture in the pot so that you can top off each one of the tubes. Filling the lip balm tubes in two steps ensures that you won’t have a large depressed area with a hole in the center of the lip balm. If this still happens, then you can always add a little bit more lip balm onto the top of the depressed area and use a lighter to melt it onto the rest of the lip balm. If this recipe is just for your own use (and you don’t really care what it looks like) then just fill up each one of the tubes the first time; it won’t affect the final product’s function or usefulness.
DIY Lip Balm with SPF
- 6 lip balm tubes
- Double boiler or Turkish coffee pot
- Small spatula
- Measure each ingredient, except the essential oils, and add them into the double boiler.
- Melt together the ingredients over low heat.
- Turn off the heat, then stir the essential oils in.
- Once the lip balm ingredients are fully integrated, carefully pour the mixture into the empty lip balm tubes.
- Allow them to harden, then apply to lips before sun exposure!